Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Top Ten Tuesdays: Love Stories
Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's edition is the top ten love stories found in our favourite books. I have taken a bit of a twist on this. I will be including romantic love in this list but I will also feature some other sorts of love as well. Here is my list:
1. Daniel and Sophia from My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Daniel keeps reincarnating and he remembers every lifetime. In each lifetime he encounters Sophia and falls in love over and over again. I really enjoyed this book and if you haven't read it you should.
2. Anna and Kate from My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
These two sisters were a constant source of support for eachother. Anna gave up pieces of herself to help Kate in her illness. Kate wants to forego surgery in order to give Anna a better life. In the end Anna makes the ultimate sacrifice. This book is a great familial love story.
3. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
You can't really have a list of great love stories without having these two on the list. I also don't think there is much explanation needed for this entry.
4. Scott and Ramona from the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott battles all seven of Ramona's evil exes in order to win her over.
5. Ma and Jack from Room by Emma Donaghue
I just finished this book and I was impressed with the relationship with Ma and Jack. Even though Jack is a product of rape Ma takes great care of him and the love between them is appararent from the very first page.
6. Dexter and Emma from One Day by David Nicholls
Again, I just finished this book for our February book club meeting. I couldn't put this book down. It took a long time for Emma and Dexter to get their act together but it was obvious they were in love with eachother from their first encounter.
7. Henry and Clare from The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Again, most people have read this and it is quite obvious why these two are on the list.
8. Lena and Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This book just came out but I really enjoyed it. These two overcame the obstacle of having their whole society against not only them but the idea of love. Excellent story!
9. Dominick and Thomas Birdsey from I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
These two characters are fraternal brothers, one of which has schitzofrenia. This book shows brotherly love. Dominick is constantly worried and taking care of his brother Thomas. I couldn't recommend this book enough.
10. Arjie and Shehan from Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
Funny Boy is the story of a young boy who is struggling with his identity. Not only his sexual identity but also his cultural identity. The relationship between Arjie and Shehan may not be a great romantic love but it is the relationship that helps Arjie find his identity as a homosexual.
Anyhow, these are my picks. Hope you enjoy.